Heart of the Reich
Heart of the Reich WaW
Previous level Breaking Point (in-game)
Eviction (chronologically)
Next level Downfall
Game Call of Duty: World at War
Character Dimitri Petrenko
Team 3rd Shock Army, Red Army
Place Berlin, Germany
Date April 30, 1945
Objective Destroy the Flak 88s protecting the Reichstag
Enemies German Military, Waffen-SS
Console codename ber3
Multiplayer map Downfall
"Which do you think will lead us home? Writing about this war, or fighting it? No one will ever read this! If you lack the stomach to kill for your country, at least show me that you are willing to die for it."
Sgt. Reznov after saving Dimitri Petrenko, when he sees Chernov writing and reading in his diary.

"Heart of the Reich" is the fourteenth and penultimate mission in Call of Duty: World at War. The player must now join the other Soviet soldiers to assault the last defense to defeat the Third Reich, within the Reichstag. The mission starts off with Sgt. Reznov pulling Pvt. Dimitri Petrenko out of the flooded metro and up to the surface level. The player must then get to the Reichstag, destroy the four FlaK 88s protecting it, and then enter and assault the building.



Heart of the Reich takes place at the final battle of Berlin. After spending 6 days in the underground metro, Dimitri, Reznov, and other Soviet troops charge through Berlin toward the Reichstag, a building used for German politics where all the remaining Germans are making their last stand.

The player starts the mission by being carried out of a metro by half-drowned Reznov, who is once again praising the player for cheating death once more. Reznov is infuriated by Chernov's lack of brutality towards the German forces, and grants him the task of placing the Red Army flag upon the high balcony of the Reichstag claiming victory for Mother Russia. When starting the mission, trade the player's SVT-40 for the FG42 laying along the boxes.

The player firsts assaults a building where Germans are holding out. Use the player's starting weapon, a PPSh-41 or FG42 to mow down any Germans inside. The player can also just walk around this building and kill all Nazis from behind. Once the player breaks through the building, head into the adjacent library and kill any defending Germans. Then jump out of an open window to find a trench and walk along it. Once inside, of the partial underground building ahead, Reznov will give a short speech, before a whistle is blown, and then charge forward with the player's comrades, but with great care, as the player will take heavy fire on the Hardened or Veteran difficulties.

Taking cover and tossing grenades at Germans behind cover is recommended. The player must destroy the four Flak 88s by going right up to them and planting the charges, but a Panzerschreck is also available by a destroyed King Tiger. Throwing grenades at the 88s beforehand to clear out nearby soldiers is ideal, as well as Molotov Cocktails. Once the player destroys the 88s, move forward to the steps of a large building, known as the Reichstag. Kill any Nazis heading towards the player.

Tread carefully, as on the high balcony are Germans wielding Panzerschrecks. On Veteran mode, it is nearly impossible to go up the stairs without eliminating the Panzerschrecks in the top windows of the Reichstag. Move up the ladder in the building in front of the stairs and pick up the PTRS-41 sniper rifle up there. Go to a suitable sniping position and keep taking out the Panzerschrecks in the windows. Doing this 5-6 times will ensure they never respawn and going up the staircase will be very easy, even on veteran. The player will find an FG42, and Panzerschreck in the shelled building to the left.

Afterward, move up to the front of the Reichstag and a falling column will crush the barricade. As the player moves up, a hiding flamethrower-wielding German will ambush Chernov and blast him with his flamethrower. Reznov comforts his dying friend and takes his diary, saying that "someone should read this". As the player enters the Reichstag, the mission will finish.

Video WalkthroughEdit

Weapon LoadoutEdit

Starting Loadout
Found in level



For the Motherland (30 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - Complete "Heart of the Reich" on Veteran.


Main article: Heart of the Reich/Transcript


  • At the beginning of the level, if the player turns around and heads back into the metro, the player can see that there is just a brick wall, without a door or any entry point.
  • The music played by the Germans outside the Reichstag is the Königgrätzer Marsch, a popular Prussian march in Nazi Germany.
  • The player can get the hanging Germans down from the trees by using grenades or Molotov Cocktails or by shooting the ropes.
  • The hanged German deserters are not featured on the Wii version, and if the player dies on the Xbox 360 version and starts at the beginning of the level, the hanged Germans will also not be seen.
  • On hanged German traitors, a sign says 'Verräter in das Mutterland' which is translated as "Traitor of the Motherland", this is grammatically incorrect seeing how the German translation is "Vaterland" (fatherland), not "Mutterland" (motherland). The syntax is also wrong. The correct sentence would be "Vaterlandsveräter".
  • On the Wii version, when Chernov is running up to the Reichstag he already looks like he was burned because of graphical limitations.
  • On higher difficulties, firing a Panzerschreck at the FlaK 88s will not destroy them, despite Sgt. Reznov telling the player it would.
  • Mk 2 Grenades can be found and added to the player's inventory in the mission.[citation needed]